Patricia A. Broderick was born in New York City and graduated from River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, New Jersey in June, 1967. Judge Broderick went to Washington D.C. to attend college. While in college, Judge Broderick spent a summer in Guayaquil, Ecuador as a volunteer social worker for the Meals for Millions Program. In September, 1970, she was in a serious car accident. As a result she was permanently paralyzed from the chest down. Nevertheless she continued to pursue her education and received her B.A. in sociology cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1971. Judge Broderick went on to receive an H.E.W.(Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, now HHS) traineeship for graduate study. She earned her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University in 1974. From 1974 to 1978, she served as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Judge Broderick entered Law School in the Fall of 1978. While in Law School she interned as a law clerk for the law firm of Hall, Surovell, Jackson and Colten in the summer of 1980. In 1981 she received her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America. She was listed in Who’s Who in American Women in 1981.
Following law school, Judge Broderick was Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry F. Greene in the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1981-1982. In 1982, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney she served in the Misdemeanor Trial and Grand Jury Sections, as well as the Appellate and Felony Divisions. Judge Broderick also served in the specialized Felony I Division, where she investigated, grand juried and tried cases involving premeditated murder, rape, and sexual offenses against children. During her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney she handled hundreds of cases and took over 70 to trial. In 1988 she received the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for her trial work.
In 1989, Judge Broderick joined the Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture Sections of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she received another Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for her trial work in 1990. While in that office Judge Broderick tried a drug conspiracy and forfeiture case in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was a member of a team that handled several money -laundering related/asset forfeiture cases originating in Lima, Peru and extending to Honolulu, Hawaii.
Judge Broderick moved to the Office of Financial Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Treasury in 1992, where she became Chief of the International Section. While at Treasury she participated in anti-money laundering negotiations with numerous South American countries. She was the lead member of the U.S. negotiating team for a bilateral Money Laundering Information Exchange Agreement with Paraguay and spearheaded two inter-agency money laundering assessment teams, one in Ecuador and another in Guatemala, to analyze and report on the money laundering issues and solutions for those countries. She has traveled extensively and lectured internationally on anti-money laundering methods in several countries, including Panama, Belize, Martinique, Chile, and Malaysia.
Beginning in June 1994, Judge Broderick served as an Attorney for the Task Force on Tax Refund Fraud for the U.S. Treasury Department. The Task Force was commissioned to study and recommend fraud controls that would identify and prevent tax refund fraud. From 1995 to 1998, Judge Broderick was Special Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office at the U.S. Department of Justice. There she was responsible for the organization and direction of the Interagency Working Group on Violence Against Women, co-chaired the Department’s Domestic Violence Employee Awareness Campaign and led the Department’s Working Group on Trafficking in Women and Children, among other duties.
Judge Broderick was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on November 3, 1998. During 1999, she served in the Family Division, handling family motions, mental health commitments, and child abuse and neglect matters. In 2000, Judge Broderick began serving in the Criminal Division. From 2002 – 2004, Judge Broderick was assigned to Felony I matters, handling murder and sexual assault cases. Judge Broderick next served in the Civil Division. For the next five years Judge Broderick presided over matters involving juvenile crime and delinquency. In 2012 Judge Broderick traveled to Mauritius to present on Accessible Family and Juvenile Courts. From 2012 until 2021, Judge Broderick presided over trial matters in the Criminal Division. She took Senior Status in September, 2021.
Judge Broderick was part of team organized by the US Access Board to develop guidelines for designing accessible courthouses. That finalized report can be found on the Board’s website at: www:access-board.gov,
In addition to discharging her professional obligations, Judge Broderick is an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School She also teaches at Emory University Law School in the Trial Techniques Program, as well as the Harvard Law School Trial Techniques Program. Additionally, she has been part of the mentor programs at her alma maters, Trinity College and The Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America. In her leisure time Judge Broderick enjoys the theater, traveling, and playing the flute, and seizes every opportunity to ski.Back to speakers